Taking Advantage

 Posted by at 12:47 am  Nick's Blog
Jul 082024

Yesterday was not quite as hot, with the temperatures in the upper 80s and the heat index somewhere around 95°. That’s not great, but much better than the triple digit heat indexes we’ve been having. We took advantage of the opportunity to get some mowing done, me on the Kubota tractor and Terry on the Husqvarna riding mower.

It took us close to three hours, but it was necessary because the grass everywhere was getting out of hand. Once I was done with the pasture behind the house, I went down the perimeter road that runs down on the south side of the property and then across the back of our property line.

It had really gotten overgrown there, and in some places the grass was over the hood of the tractor. I really would have been better off with the bush hog mower, but I didn’t want to take the time to attach it. It all looked pretty good when we were done, but we were both wiped out.

After taking showers to cool down we ate dinner, an awesome posole made of roasted pork, hominy, green chilies, and New Mexico red chili powder, with shredded cheddar cheese, and diced avocado (for Terry) on top. It took two days to prepare, soaking the dry hominy from scratch and roasting the pork overnight. But it was worth it because it was absolutely delicious. And there were leftovers for at least one more meal, if not two.

Congratulations Arley Running, winner of our drawing for an autographed copy of Tinder Street, the first book in my Tinder Street saga. Chronicling the days leading up to World War I and the events that followed, Tinder Street is the first book in a saga that will take readers from rural farms to a major industrial city in the Midwest, across an ocean where German U-boats lurk waiting for a target to come within range of their deadly torpedoes, to the bloody trench warfare of France, and home again. And of how, back at home, the soldiers of a victorious Army try to put their experiences behind them and pick up the pieces of the lives they once had, to look toward a future bright with promise. Lucas Morgan was one of those soldiers, a man who hated the thought of killing, but did his duty. A duty that would haunt him long after the last shots were fired.

This is also the story of the simple working class people who built America. Farmers, factory workers, streetcar conductors, midwives, and public servants. Their joys and sorrows, their wins and losses, and how these people who struggled together to build a better life for themselves and their children changed a place named Tinder Street to Tender Street, a reflection of one family’s devotion to their neighbors. This series is one I have wanted to write and have researched for years.

We had 98 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon. Note: Due to the high shipping cost of printed books and Amazon restrictions on e-books to foreign countries, only entries with US addresses and e-mail addresses are allowed. After 30 days, unclaimed prizes revert back to the drawing pool for a future contest.

And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.

Thought For The Day – To clarify: Teachers are not “off for the summer.” They are “in recovery.”

Nick Russell

World-Famous, New York Times Best Selling Author, and All-Around Nice Guy!

  One Response to “Taking Advantage”

  1. hey –
    where are the deer and turkeys?

    get a bag of corn and spill it out as you ride along on the tractor –


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